Frank L. Woodard Jr.


Frank L. Woodard Jr., 79, formerly of Hayesville and Cumming, Ga., passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 after a brief illness.

He is survived by his three children: Frank L. “Sonny” Woodard III, of Hayesville; Tara Woodard Bolton, of Blue Ridge, Ga.; Laina Woodard (Craig) Smith, of Madison, Miss.;  Grandchildren: Haley Woodard Revis, Chloe Woodard (Seth) Marshall; Jonathan (Lindsey) Bolton; Allison Bolton (Eric) Breedlove; Abbey Bolton and Avery Joan Smith. Niece and nephew Michael Clure and Anne Clure Sorrow, both of Cumming. Eight great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends also survive. 

Frank was born Sept. 21, 1940, in Spruce Pine, N.C. and was raised in Banner Elk, N.C. He is predeceased by his parents, Frank L. Woodard Sr. and Nettie Kitchens Woodard Ledford; step-mother Polly Huskins Woodard; siblings Charles and Marjorie; wife of 33 years, Joan Phillips Woodard, of Cumming, Ga.; in-laws Ernest and Hallie Brannon Phillips; sister-in-law Jacqueline Richardson; son-in-law Billy Lewis Bolton. 

After his wife’s sudden death in 1994, he began a special friendship with Edna Dianne Stroup, of Alpharetta, Ga., who still survives.  He is also survived by Dianne’s children, Meredith Stroup (John) O’Neill; Angela Kent; predeceased by Tammie Brown. Grandchildren: Chad, Justin and Matthew Brown; Misty Dull, Ashley Warren, Daniel Fox, Adrianna Hernandez, Austin and Gabriella O’Neill. 

Memorial services will be held at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Cumming, Ga. at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 with a reception afterwards in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.